Funeral customs: Switzerland
Throughout Europe, funeral customs differ from country to country, and Switzerland is no different to this, standing out as one of the countries with a high rate of cremation – around 80 per cent.
Dying Matters 2019 - are we ready?
For the last couple of years, Dying Matters Awareness Week has challenged us all to answer a question: What Can You Do? How can we help ourselves, or families and our communities face up to death and bereavement?
Lions launch new child bereavement resource
Crewkerne funeral director Tracey Warren from Stoodley & Son was among those invited to attend the launch of Life Changes 2, a new resource from the Lions Club aimed at funeral directors and those working with bereaved children and young people.
First female chief appointed by Central England Co-op
Central England Co-operative has announced the appointment of Debbie Robinson as the Society’s new Chief Executive – the first female Chief Executive appointed in the Society’s history.
Resting Places at Christmas: Finland
For most people, Christmas is a time to celebrate with family and friends with food and gifts. For many Finnish families visiting the local cemetery on Christmas Eve is very much a part of Christmas rituals.
School hosts sessions tackling death taboo
Youngsters in Burton have been talking to a funeral manager and a local vicar about bereavement in an effort to end the taboo around talking about dying.
Koffin start-up uses 3D printing
Liverpool start-up Koffin is using advanced material testing and 3D printing technology to help create its first batch of customisable eco-coffins, with support from business programme LCR 4.0.
50 years for fittings specialists
Flying the flag for British-made coffin handles are Herefordshire-based James and Williams Ltd, and the company celebrate 50 years involvement in the funeral industry this year.
Funeral customs: Mexico's Day of the Dead
Find out how marigolds, tequila and sea shells all have their part to play in the extraordinary riot of colour that is Mexico's Day of the Dead ...
Exploring a good death
This year’s Ideal Death Show and Good Funeral Awards, championed and organised by Brian Jenner, took place in Bournemouth. Editor Russ Bravo went along for the ride
Manchester street named after war hero
A new street in Hyde, Greater Manchester, has been named in honour of a fallen war hero killed in action in Afghanistan.
Shirley relaunch for David and team
Staff at Central England Co-op plus guests gathered recently to mark the relaunch of a funeral home in Stratford Road, Shirley in Solihull.
Taking the Lead: the Quaker
Sharon Barnard talks to funeral advisor Gilly Lee who has been serving the West Somerset Area Meeting for the last 10 years
Design innovators create burial pods
Italian company Capsula Mundi has introduced organic, biodegradable burial pods as an eco-friendly solution to the ongoing issue of full cemeteries and burial grounds.
Crowd-funded headstone for William Blake
A two-year amateur investigation to locate the exact place where the poet William Blake was buried resulted in a grand unveiling of a new crowd-funded headstone recently.
Tutors target more flexible training
Two East Anglian tutors have teamed up to make the Diploma in Funeral Directing more accessible to students that feel they are too busy to commit to intensive studying.
'99% of funeral homes turned me away'
Funeral care professional and bereavement counsellor Lianna Champ, who became the youngest qualified female funeral director in the country in the 1980s, explains what’s changed for women, and why she’s written a book about grieving. Sharon Barnard reports
Brompton cemetery in £6.2m restoration
A £6.2m investment has restored and conserved Brompton Cemetery in West London, revealing architectural splendour, uncovering hidden heritage gems and preserving a historic landscape and a wildlife haven for communities in a densely-populated part of the capital.
Merton schools resourced to help bereaved children
More than 40 Merton primary schools are to be given free guidance on how to support suddenly bereaved children.
Rare bears to help us remember
Meet Mr Ted E. Bear, member of the Royal Bear Force, who takes centre stage in a very special Remembrance Day window display from Colourful Coffins.
Resting Places: Okunion Cemetery, Japan
The largest and most spectacular cemetery in Japan is the historic Okunoin Cemetery, situated at Mount Koya.
Eulogy research: ‘can I have Stephen Fry?’
In a recent survey of over 50s commissioned by funeral plan provider Ecclesiastical Planning Services, respondents commonly answered that they would like their son or daughter to read a eulogy at their funeral service.
Funeral director in biker helmets campaign
Funeral director and motorcycle enthusiast Sam Massey is appealing for donations of old motorcycle helmets, to help train firefighters on how to safely remove a helmet following an accident.
Gold status for Redditch bereavement team
The Bereavement Services team at Redditch Borough Council has received gold charter status for cremations, and silver for burials, following a detailed assessment by the Institute of Crematorium and Cemetery Management (ICCM).
White 'crocodile' flags are hung outside the home to show someone has died
Death, ritual and funeral customs in Cambodia
Manchester terror attack memorial flowers
A lasting memorial to the Manchester terror attack victims has been created in Hyde Park in Tameside, Greater Manchester.
Good Grief Project film offers hope
A Love That Never Dies, a new documentary produced by The Good Grief Project with Beyond Goodbye Media, screens at UK cinemas across the next two months.
Post-mortem reconstruction course success
Four professionals successfully completed the William Purves Embalming Academy Post Mortem Reconstruction course in April at Edinburgh University Anatomy, run by Martin Jeffrey (MBIE Dip Fd).
'When you sing for a grieving family, you can see the impact live music can have'
We asked the London Funeral Singers to tell us about their work
Rachel is new chair for north west BIE
Rochdale and Bury based Co-op Funeralcare Embalmer, Rachel Carline, has been appointed as the Chairperson for the North West division of The British Institute of Embalmers (BIE).
'We need to talk about young people and death'
A unique conference in Hull, looking at how people remember lost loved ones, saw leading professionals call for more help and support for bereaved children.
Greyfriars Bobby headstone repaired just in time
Edinburgh-based William Purves stepped up at the last minute to repair the headstone of Greyfriars Bobby’s master, one of Scotland’s most visited landmarks, ahead of a large memorial event at the turn of the year.
Hollywood Forever - where the stars live on
A California cemetery, created in 1899, has more of the big names from the film and entertainment world than anywhere else on earth ...
Funeral poverty issue sees not-for-profit launch in Scotland
Caledonia Cremation, the UK’s first not-for-profit funeral director has launched in Scotland.
Beagle Basil brings calm to bereaved
Shrewsbury-based Clive Pugh Funeral Directors believe they have the UK’s first funeral therapy dog ...
New voile window displays add seasonal touch of colour
Colourful Coffins has launched a series of stunning seasonal voile window displays especially for funeral directors.
Project set to highlight burial grounds treasures
Conservation charity Caring for God’s Acre, is set to put burial grounds on the heritage map, thanks to £586,700 National Lottery funding.
Dudley remembrance events take place for footballer
A series of commemorative events took place in Dudley, West Midlands, to mark 60 years since Manchester United footballer Duncan Edwards died in the Munich air disaster.
Comment: reducing our use of plastics
The days of plastic coffin handles could be numbered, believes Julian Atkinson from JC Atkinson
Does your funeral firm have the profile it deserves?
Are bereaved people favouring competitors over your funeral home? Mark Binnersley has some advice ...
Death and funeral customs in Tudor times
Religion in Tudor times was an essential part of life as death was never far away. Life expectancy was extremely short with a quarter of children dying before they were five, and 40 per cent perishing before reaching the age of 16.
Stormzy sings at funeral after Twitter request
Top grime and hip hop artist Stormzy turned up to sing at the funeral of a fan’s father in Reading just before Christmas, after seeing a message on Twitter.
Wrexham cemetery close to capacity
The “traditional” section of Plas Acton Cemetery, Wrexham, is nearing full capacity.
Bereaved families attend Co-op branch rededication
Recently bereaved families who attended the rededication of Tamworth Co-op’s Halliwell Coseley funeral home by two ministers said it brought them comfort during a difficult time.
New service offers online notification service after a death
Traditionally, newspaper obituaries, phone calls, text messages, email and social media have been the routes to notifying friends and relatives after the loss of a loved one.
Celebrants call for better support at end of life
Thousands of terminally ill people and their families are suffering from a lack of spiritual support being offered in UK hospitals and hospices, it is claimed.
New memorial tree allows leaves to be added
A memorial tree in a new garden dedicated to children and young people at Kettering Crematorium allows families to leave messages.
Coles is a winner
Cardiff funeral firm Coles Funeral Directors has won the Business of the Year award from South Wales community and business magazine Local Link.